Happiness

Celebrate the Urban Wildnerness Right Where You Live
by Shelley McEuen
Throughout the country there are revitalization efforts to bring back to life long-neglected urban wild areas.
Three Things That Matter Most in Youth and Old Age
by Nancy Hill
A photographer explores what’s important when you’ve lived fewer than seven years or more than seven decades.
More Diversity in the Workforce Starts With Education
by Lornet Turnbull
A Seattle-area school aims to better prepare Black and Latino students for careers in math and science through its unique program.
Germany Announces Revolutionary Bike Highway
by Kelly McCartney
The country will soon unveil a massive bike path linking 10 cities and four universities within its borders.
Zuni Tribe Returns to Sacred Ceremony to Strengthen Community
by Michael J. Dax
The Southwest tribe is rebuilding sacred buildings critical for teaching Zuni youth the pueblo’s core values of community and devotion to collective prosperity.
I Was Supposed to Be Pretty, Feminine, Nice, and Straight
by Raye Stoeve
From a very early age, I had a sense of being gendered by the world. But I don’t feel like a woman or a man.
Spending Money on Others Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
by Elizabeth Hopper
Research shows that giving money away may be as good for your blood pressure as exercise and a healthy diet.
After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise
by Leah Penniman
These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
by Erin Sagen
The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
The Future of Libraries Is Bigger Than Books
by Cat Johnson
Modern libraries are essential in underserved communities as places where everyone is welcome to gather, work, borrow materials, or just spend time.
No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We're Already Living More Locally
by YES! Staff
From affordable transit to local food for school lunches, many people across America are already on their way to living a life without oil.
Meet the Jeans-Wearing, Nature-Loving Nuns Who Helped Stop a Kentucky Pipeline
by Laura Michele Diener
As fewer women enter the convent, what will become of Kentucky’s tradition of socially and environmentally engaged religious women?
Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon Ito
When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
Live Each Day Like It's Your ... First?
by Roman Krznaric
Five reasons “live each day like it’s your last” is the worst advice ever.
How America’s “Worst Walking City” Got Back on its Feet
by Jay Walljasper
When Oklahoma City was named the least walkable city in America, residents approved an $18 million sidewalk improvement project to help their community get moving.